Definitions

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  • v. To weigh or measure the weight of; to poise.
  • v. To weigh or take the measure of (an immaterial object).
  • n. A weight; a poise.
  • n. A heavy blow, an impact.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A weight; a poise.
  • transitive v. To poise or weigh.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of poise.

Etymologies

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From Anglo-Norman, Middle French and French paiser, peiser, peisser and peser, from Latin pēnsāre, present active infinitive of pēnsō ("weigh").

Examples

  • Gray Freiris, (a silver peise of James Carmichaell [682] was laid in pledge:) It was fast fixed with irne nailles upon a barrow, called thare fertour.

    The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)

  • I have had a belly full of apples to day on the steam boat, there was a barl of on the boat for the [unclear: suttlers] and the end of the barl was open and I eat as many as I could eat. the [unclear: suttler] sells the aples for five sents a peise.

    Franklin County: Josiah Bloss to His Sister, April 30, 1863

  • And peise their deedes with weight of heauie leade,

    King Edward the Third

  • Scripture, mensioun is maad of orologis, schewing the houris of the dai bi the schadew maad bi the sunne in a cercle, certis nevere, save in late daies, was eny clok telling the houris of the dai and nyht bi peise and bi stroke; and open it is that noughwhere in holi scripture is expresse mensioun made of eny suche. "

    A Literary History of the English People From the Origins to the Renaissance

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